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#41 thuanb

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 10:38 PM

Agree, the slower ripping speed the better playback SQ, most if not all the time.
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Posted 13 May 2018 - 04:20 PM

Hi Guys,
Just came across this really interesting topic of yours. I found that besides optimizing the drive/pc in terms of audio quality, the speed of ripping has a significant influence on the sound quality. I noticed that Marcin uses EAC at lowest speed (1x) on top of good optimization. My CD library was initially ripped with dbpoweramp (high rip speed) and after reading comments about lowering ripping speed to increase sound quality, I re-ripped about 40 CDs from my library using Foobar which, like EAC, allows you to set rip speed at 1x. Agreed it does take much longer to rip especially if you have a large library because one CD takes about 20 to 30 minutes. However, I was initially taken aback when listening to a 1x Foobar-ripped compared to the same CD ripped previously at high speed because the noise floor was lowered, treble was 'cleaner' and the music sounded more natural. However, this was not the case for all the CDs and in some cases it was difficult to tell any difference (for whatever reason). Nevertheless, I decided to re-rip my whole library at snail speed with Foobar. The time spent re-ripping has been worth it. Does digital audio like low read/write speed? It looks like bit-perfect is not everything...

What version of EAC are you using? Mine is 1.03 and I couldn't reach the 1X speed option. It shows Current which is very fast, and the slowest max is 4X which I'm using for now. I'm happy though because it seems that setting gives me speeds varied from under 1X up to 3.1X which are way lower the dBpoweram's slowest (4X) speed.
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SinglePC: Windows 2016 Core + AO + JPLAY + BubbleUPnP proxy server
MediaPC: Windows 2016 GUI + MinimServer + music library

Kernel Streaming, UltraStream, 700Hz, 0.01secs, Hibernate mode ON, 0.5 ms clock

#43 Jogar

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 04:51 PM

Perhaps Marcin can answer because I'm using Foobar and not EAC. Regards.



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Posted 14 May 2018 - 12:20 AM

Perhaps I should try Foobar, thanks for your response.
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SinglePC: Windows 2016 Core + AO + JPLAY + BubbleUPnP proxy server
MediaPC: Windows 2016 GUI + MinimServer + music library

Kernel Streaming, UltraStream, 700Hz, 0.01secs, Hibernate mode ON, 0.5 ms clock

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 05:13 PM

What version of EAC are you using? Mine is 1.03 and I couldn't reach the 1X speed option. It shows Current which is very fast, and the slowest max is 4X which I'm using for now. I'm happy though because it seems that setting gives me speeds varied from under 1X up to 3.1X which are way lower the dBpoweram's slowest (4X) speed.

Some drives don't have  the 1x speed.

For example my Plextor external CD has also only 4x min. speed and that's the best recommended speed for that drive!

 

From my experience, dbpoweramp sound better than EAC.

It's always good idea to compare first before you choose the ripping software...........like everything else!  ;)


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 09:23 PM

You make me more relieved to realize that my Plextor drive's slowest speed is 4X (both external and internal). And you're right about EAC vs dBpoweramp ripping: even though ripped at 3.9x speed, vocals seem more natural, more musical with dBpoweramp. EAC on the other hand appears very revealing on instruments, extreme frequencies and stereo separation. Since I'm a vocal guy, I'll stick with dBpoweramp. Thanks for sharing your opinions.
Windows 2016 Core + AO + JPLAY + PPA single fanless PC + JplayMini

Alternatively,

SinglePC: Windows 2016 Core + AO + JPLAY + BubbleUPnP proxy server
MediaPC: Windows 2016 GUI + MinimServer + music library

Kernel Streaming, UltraStream, 700Hz, 0.01secs, Hibernate mode ON, 0.5 ms clock

#47 Jogar

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:42 PM

You could try Rimhill - its a free application which can limit drive speed (easily found by google). Have you tried Foobar for ripping? (low drive speed can be requested as well as Accurate Rip checking). Could provide another comparison with EAC/dbpoweramp.



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Posted 16 May 2018 - 11:21 PM

Thanks for telling me about Rimhill and Foobar.  Will try both.


Windows 2016 Core + AO + JPLAY + PPA single fanless PC + JplayMini

Alternatively,

SinglePC: Windows 2016 Core + AO + JPLAY + BubbleUPnP proxy server
MediaPC: Windows 2016 GUI + MinimServer + music library

Kernel Streaming, UltraStream, 700Hz, 0.01secs, Hibernate mode ON, 0.5 ms clock




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